BS, Chemical Engineering
University of Florida
MD, PhD Student
Andrew Camilli, PhD, Rotation Adviser
Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus, is the most common causative agent of community-acquired pneumonia and bacterial meningitis in the U.S, particularly in children and the elderly. Prior work has shown that pneumococcus has the ability to tolerate desiccation on dry plastic surfaces for at least a month, and remain infectious upon rehydration. My rotation project focused on identifying candidate genes involved in pneumococcal desiccation resistance and assessing desiccation survival on different fomite surfaces.